Research Article

Empirical Analysis of Transcriptional Activity in the Arabidopsis Genome

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Science  31 Oct 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5646, pp. 842-846
DOI: 10.1126/science.1088305

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Abstract

Functional analysis of a genome requires accurate gene structure information and a complete gene inventory. A dual experimental strategy was used to verify and correct the initial genome sequence annotation of the reference plant Arabidopsis. Sequencing full-length cDNAs and hybridizations using RNA populations from various tissues to a set of high-density oligonucleotide arrays spanning the entire genome allowed the accurate annotation of thousands of gene structures. We identified 5817 novel transcription units, including a substantial amount of antisense gene transcription, and 40 genes within the genetically defined centromeres. This approach resulted in completion of ∼30% of the Arabidopsis ORFeome as a resource for global functional experimentation of the plant proteome.

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